A positive attitude will help you reach your fat loss and weight loss goals and achieve anything you want in life. A bad attitude…..well, you know where that takes you.

Learn to be a “glass half full” type of person if you aren’t already. The quest for fitness and health can be full of setbacks and disappointments along the way.

You may need to change your attitude about weight loss in general. You have to burn fat if you want to drop pant and dress sizes for good. If you just lose weight, you will probably regain the weight because you haven’t changed your body’s composition (burn fat, build muscle) to lean and toned.

A woman’s weight is influenced by many things. According to a survey taken by Fitness Magazine, a woman’s attitude about her weight is most influenced by “the fit of her clothes.” And, coming in second—”whether she feels good physically.”

Even if you leaned out your body with hard work and clean eating, you have to keep it going. You will stay lean and toned with more hard work and good nutrition. Even though muscle never changes to fat, you can lose muscle mass and the fat cells will fill up even more (if you become inactive for too long).

It will help if you get your motivation right while setting realistic goals. And, be ready to work hard and change any workout habits or bad eating habits. Most of all, be ready to make the commitment to a lifestyle of fitness!

How’s your attitude these days? Here’s some general guidelines to help you:

1) AMOTIVATION – You don’t really have a reason to work out….like “whatever girl.” Working out just happens to be the “flavor of month (January!!)” for you. Your workouts won’t last long.

2) EXTERNAL REGULATION – You’re motivated to workout because other people like the way you look when you’re in shape, but no internal motivation exist. How long do you think you’ll be able to please people? Then what will motivate you?

3) INTROJECTED REGULATION – You feel bad about yourself when you don’t workout. This is a type of motivation, but its based on negative motivations.

4) IDENTIFIED REGULATION – You workout because its good for your health and lifestyle. This is a very positive behavior and will lead to permanent lifestyle changes.

5) INTRINSIC MOTIVATION – You workout because you enjoy it! Probably the best motivation of all.

In my opinion, a combination of the motivations listed in numbers 3 through 5 lead to permanent lifestyle changes (with heavier weight attached to numbers 4 and 5). And, the motivation listed in number 2 will probably be mixed in somehow.

Be positive, stay strong and reach your goals!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Certified Nutrition Coach and Nutrition for Metabolic Health Specialist. Since 2006, I have helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle habit changes that helps you to achieve better long-term health, which includes body transformation and ideal body weight.
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